New urban pond set to open in Esther Simplot Park

Posted at 4:03 PM, Oct 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-20 06:26:59-04

Boise’s newest urban pond is scheduled to open to the public on November 2. It’s called Esther’s Pond and located in the new Esther Simplot Park, just off Whitewater Park Boulevard, west of downtown Boise.

Partnering with the City of Boise, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game will regularly stock Esther’s Pond with hatchery rainbow trout. The first stocking will occur the week of the grand opening of the park.

Fish and Game staff stocked the pond with bluegill earlier this summer to “jump start” the pond’s fish community. Largemouth bass will be stocked next summer.

Pond depths appear to be adequate to promote overwinter survival of rainbow trout, which should bode well for fishing in the years ahead, Fish and Game officials said.